Every fighter needs someone to back them up and believe in them whole heartedly. Someone to tell then that they’re the best and that they can win it all. It also helps when the person is knowledgeable about the sport of boxing. For Mike Tyson, this person was Cus D’Amato. For many others it was the great Emanuel Steward. Although Steward has recently past away, his spirit continues on in the fighters he trained and in the lives he has touched.
“The state of mind of a fighter is so important. I don’t like to see a fighter stay locked up in a room. Sometimes it works against them. They think and they worry. They dwell, sitting in that dark room. You come back and they’re psyched out. I like to see boxers eat and then walk, mingle with people. You have to have a certain amount of movement.” Emanuel Steward once said, and he couldn’t have said it any better!
Shortly after Stewards death, his protege, Johnathon Banks, would have to pick up where Steward left off and train Vladamir Klitchko. During training Klitchko, Banks had a match of his own against Seth Mitchell. Going into that fight Mitchell was a beast and everyone was saying Mitchell would knockout Banks easily. Steward’s work, however, was not yet done. Seth Mitchell had Banks hurt more than once but Banks kept calm and picked his punches wisely. It would pay off in the second round as Banks dropped Mitchell twice and the fight was stopped, awarding him as the new WBC intercontinental heavyweight title.
Emanuel Steward once said, “I began these clinics because I want to share my years of experience in around the ring and in addition to my proven winning methods. I have seen the good and the bad. I have learned valuable lessons, which I want to pass along to those truly interested in the sport.”
This past Saturday, June 8th, another one of Emanuel Steward’s disciples, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, moved up in weight to challenge Ring light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson. Before the fight, Stevenson dedicated the fight to Emanuel Steward. We all know Stevenson has got serious power but he had some extra pop that night. Knocking out Dawson in the first round only throwing 3 punches, Stevenson shocked the world. I am sure wherever he is, Emanuel Steward stood up and applauded. It’s always good to have a angel in your corner, especially the one and only Emanuel Steward.
By Lucas Biggers